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  • Locations: Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 04/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission 06/25/2017 07/28/2017

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Biology, English, Political Science Program Type: Faculty Directed
Class Eligibility: Graduate Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore, Student At Large Housing Options: Dormitory
Language of Instruction: English Program Provider: NIU Faculty
Program Description:

NIU at Oxford



Program Director(s):
Professors Gabriel Holbrook, Nicole Clifton, David Gorman, and Artemus Ward

Program Overview

This will be the 48th annual summer program offered by Northern Illinois University and Oriel College featuring courses on the undergraduate and graduate levels that are designed to take advantage of the unique resources of the British setting, including the Oxford libraries, theaters of London and Stratford-upon-Avon, and selected cultural, historical and scientific field trip sites.  Faculty are accommodated close to students and dine in the same halls so that formal class meetings can be supplemented by individual tutorials and informal conversations.  Enrollment in all courses is deliberately kept low in order to permit maximum interaction between students and faculty.

To download the complete PDF for the Summer 2017 program, please click Oxford 17 2.pdf.

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Course Offerings

For a complete description of courses, please download the PDF in the program overview section (above). 

Please select TWO courses.  (There is a limit of two courses unless you have permission from Prof. Holbrook, College Coodinator, to enroll in three courses.)  All courses are 3 semester hours unless otherwise designated.  Please note there are two sections of ENGL 400 being offered.  Please make sure you select the correct course.  Please contact the Study Abroad Office if you have any questions.

Dr. Gabriel Holbrook (Biological Sciences, NIU) serves as the College of LiberalArts and Sciences Coordinator for the Program. He has a primary research interest in plant physiology and has published numerous research articles on photosynthesis by plants, algae, bacteria and biofuel.

BIOS 101 Plant Products and Human Affairs 3 semester hours - UG

BIOS 305 Biology of Land Plants 4 semester hours - UG
Prerequisites: BIOS 208, BIOS 209, BIOS 210, BIOS 211, CHEM 211, and CHEM 213.*

BIOS 411/511 Plant Physiology 4 semester hours - UG or GR
Prerequisites: BIOS 208, BIOS 209, BIOS 210, BIOS 211, CHEM 211, and CHEM 213.*

BIOS 493A Topics in Biology: Physiology 3 semester hours - UG
Prerequisite: Consent of department.*

BIOS 616 Plant Metabolism 3 semester hours - GR

*Biological Science course prerequisite requirements should be discussed with Professor Holbrook. After consultation with Professor Holbrook and approval of the department chair, some or all prerequisites may be waived. 

Dr. David Gorman (English, NIU) is a generalist by training and inclination; among other things, he has taught Shakespeare and Renaissance drama for many years. He has a particular interest in the history of Shakespeare criticism, not only literary but textual. His work has appeared in Poetics Today, Modern Literature Quarterly, Narrative, and Style (of which he was the editor). Please contact Dr. Gorman for information about this course. Email:

ENGL 315 Shakespeare for Non-Majors 3 semester hours - UG

ENGL 400 Literary Topic 3 semester hours - UG

ENGL 407 Shakespeare 3 semester hours - UG

ENGL 607 Topics in Literature 3 semester hours -GR

ENGL 641 Shakespeare 3 semester hours - GR

ENGL 707 Topics in Literature 3 semester hours - GR

ENGL 741 Shakespeare 3 semester hours - GR


Dr. Nicole Clifton (English, NIU) teaches medieval English literature. She has published essays on medieval literary topics including Charlemagne epics, romances about King Arthur and Alexander the Great, and works by Geoffrey Chaucer. Please contact Dr. Clifton for more information about this course. Email: 

ENGL 110 Transformative Fictions 3 semester hours - UG

ENGL 115 British Identities, British Lives 3 semester hours - UG

ENGL 309 Popular Genres 3 semester hours - UG

ENGL 400 Topics in Literature 3 semester hours - UG

ENGL 405 Early English Literature 3 semester hours - UG

ENGL 498 Topics in English Studies 3 semester hours - UG

ENGL 635 Middle English Literature 3 semester hours - GR


Dr. Artemus Ward (Political Science, NIU) teaches courses at the intersection of politics and popular culture, public law, and American government. He has published a number of articles and books on the U.S. Supreme Court.   E-mail:


POLS 390 Politics and Popular Music 3 semester hours – UG

POLS 395 Contemporary Topics in Political Science 3 semester hours - UG

POLS 414 Topics in Law and Social Problems 3 semester hours - UG

POLS 495 Seminar in Current Problems 3 semester hours - UG

POLS 496 Independent Study in Political Science 3 semester hours UG
Prerequisite:  Consent of department.

POLS 498 Seminar Abroad 3 semester hours - UG

POLS 595 Seminar in Current Problems 3 semester hours - GR

POLS 696 Independent Study in Political Science 3 semester hours - GR

POLS 798 Foreign Study and Internship 3 semester hours – GR

*Political Science course recommendations should be discussed with Professor Ward. 

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Student Life

Classes will meet at hours to be announced (typically, two 2-hour sessions a week for undergraduates with additional conferences for graduate students) Mondays through Thursdays, leaving three-day weekends for study or travel.

Students will reside in modern single rooms in Oriel College’s James Mellon Hall. Breakfast will be served daily and dinner will be served each Sunday through Wednesday in the 17th-century Hall.  Students will be responsible for the purchase of all lunches, as well as dinners on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Students will have access to the College Library and other Oxford libraries.  The college has a laundry room, and dry cleaning is available nearby.

The program cost includes one trip to Stratford-upon-Avon with tickets to a Royal Shakespeare Company performance, and other trips to sites of academic interest, to be announced.  Optional trips, at the students’ expense, will also be offered, and students will be encouraged to travel on their own.

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Application Information

APPLICATION FORMS AND DEPOSIT:  Click here to begin the online application process for this program. The online process provides guidance on requesting information, advising, or applying for the program.  Please note that at the time of application, non-NIU applicants will be expected to submit a signature verification form and copy of their ID to the Study Abroad Office.  More detailed instructions can be found on the website or by contacting the Study Abroad Office at (815) 753-0700 or

$200 Application Fee/Deposit:  A $200 application fee/deposit is required of all applicants.  The $200 is broken down into $100 for the non-refundable application fee and $100 for a program deposit.  Both the application fee and the deposit will be applied to the total balance of the program cost.  The $100 deposit is refundable only if the participant withdraws prior to the withdrawal deadline indicated on the program materials or for medical reasons verified by a physician if the withdrawal takes place after the withdrawal deadline. 

The $200 application fee/deposit will be charged to NIU students' NIU Bursar's account.  (Checks and money orders cannot be accepted from NIU students.)  Non-NIU students must submit a check or money order in the amount of $200.  More detailed instructions can be found on the website.
IMPORTANT - All applications will be categorized as "Pending - No Deposit" until the $200 application fee/deposit has been received (or, in the case of non-NIU students, once a check has been received).  The Study Abroad Office will not consider or process applications without the $200 application fee/deposit.  In order to reserve your place in the program you must submit the $200 deposit within 14 days of application.  After 14 days applications without a deposit will be changed to inactive. 

Application dead line: April 15, 2017
It should be noted that space in the program is limited, so early application is recommended. Qualified applicants will be accepted on a first-come-first- serve basis.

    Upon acceptance into the program, applicants must change their status to “Committed” and complete all post-decisions items on the Study Abroad Portal in order to be considered an active participant in the program.

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The program is open to individuals who have an interest in the areas of Biology, English, and Political Science.  Currently enrolled students must meet NIU Office of Admissions, Graduate School and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GPA requirements.  Students on academic probation during the semester prior to the program are not eligible for participation in this program.  Applicants must participate in the entire length of the program and satisfy NIU undergraduate or graduate admission and course requirements.

Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of application.  Students who are on academic or disciplinary probation are not eligible to participate in study abroad programs.  Applicants must participate in the entire program and satisfy NIU undergraduate or graduate admission and course requirements.  
NIU students participating in the program cannot have any encumbrances against their NIU records.  Any encumbrances placed on a student’s records by NIU (i.e., the Graduate School, Undergraduate Admissions, Bursar’s Office, Accounts Receivable, Registration and Records, the Office of Student Conduct, Health Services, Parking Services, etc.) must be cleared before a student is granted admission to a study abroad program.
For undergraduate students to be admitted to the program, an applicant’s official transcript must be on file in the NIU Study Abroad Office (SAO).  Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript; the Study Abroad Office will make this request on behalf of the applicant.  Students who want to participate in the program and earn academic credit from NIU who have not previously enrolled at NIU, or who are not currently enrolled at NIU, should ask the Registrar at their institution to forward an official transcript as soon as possible to the Study Abroad Office.  (Student-issued transcripts and photocopies are not acceptable.)  Questions relating to the admission requirements or transcripts should be directed to the Study Abroad Office.  
Students who desire to obtain graduate credit must either be admitted to a graduate program within the NIU Graduate School, or be admitted to the status of a "student-at-large" (SAL) within NIU's Graduate School.  For students to be admitted to the program for graduate credit, the applicant's official transcript must be on file in the NIU SAO.  Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript.  However, students who will participate in the program in order to earn academic credit as an SAL (students who have not currently enrolled, nor are previously enrolled at NIU) must provide a transcript from the baccalaureate institution and from any institution at which graduate credit has been earned.  This document must be provided to the SAO before a student can be admitted as an SAL to the program.  (Student issued transcripts and photocopies are not acceptable.)

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Program Fees

NIU PROGRAM COST:  The program cost pays for the following cost-related services:
    1)    Housing, breakfast seven days a week, and dinner Sunday through Wednesday in the College Dining Hall
    2)    Use of an Oriel College Common Room and the College Library
    3)    Two program-related field trips
    4)    NIU undergraduate or graduate credit
    5)    NIU Student Medical Insurance
    6)    International Student I.D. Card
Program Cost: $6,975*
*This amount represents the total in charges and fees that will be paid to NIU for this program.  Please note that the following charges will post individually on your MyNIU account:
•    Study Abroad Program Charge
•    Instructional Cost
•    NIU Student Medical Insurance
•    NIU Academic Program Enhancement Fee

All prices quoted are subject to change.  The information contained in the program documents and forms is presented in good faith and is believed to be correct as of the date presented.  Northern Illinois University reserves the right to amend, modify, revise, or delete any information appearing in these documents, including but not limited to the cost of the program.    
Non-NIU students should consult with their home institutions regarding additional costs that may apply to study abroad.  Non-NIU students are responsible for any study abroad charges imposed by their home institution.
  •     Cost of acquiring an American passport (approximately $135 including two passport pictures)
  •     Roundtrip airfare between the U.S. and London
  •     Transportation from Heathrow or Gatwick Airports to Oxford
  •     Meals not provided as part of the NIU program package
  •     $40 Undergraduate application (Non-NIU undergraduate students only)
  •     Textbooks
  •     Theatre tickets (beyond one field trip to Stratford)
  •     Purchases of a personal nature
  •     Independent travel

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Financial Aid

As a participant in a study abroad program through NIU, you may be eligible for: Pell Grant, SEOG, Perkins Loan, PLUS Loan, Subsidized or Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, MAP Award or your privately awarded scholarship with consent of awarding organization. Tuition waivers do not apply. Please contact Tim Condon, the International Affairs Business Manager at (815) 753-0700 or for more information.

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Withdrawal Policy

WITHDRAWAL FROM THE PROGRAM:  Applicants withdrawing from the program after April 15, 2017 will not be refunded the $200 application fee/program deposit.

Applicants withdrawing from the program after this date will also be held accountable for any funds obligated to overseas vendors and agents on the applicant’s behalf.  This provision is in effect even if the applicant has not submitted the $200 deposit or additional payments, and if the applicant is applying for financial aid.

If the applicant must withdraw after April 15, 2017 for medical reasons, funds obligated on their behalf to overseas vendors can only be refunded if:
  1. The request is submitted to the Study Abroad Office in writing and accompanied by a signed statement stating that travel is not advised from a physician on the physician’s letterhead; and
  2. NIU is able to obtain refunds from overseas vendors and agents; and
  3. The program has the minimum number of participants required to operate.
CANCELLATION OF THE PROGRAM: The Study Abroad Office reserves the right to cancel this program if the minimum required enrollment is not attained.  If, prior to the commencement of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for the U.K, all applicants will be notified promptly of the warning and the possibility of cancellation of the program.  If, during the course of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for the U.K., students will be promptly notified of the warning and the advisability of canceling the program.

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Passport/Visa Information

All participants are expected to possess a passport in order to participate in this seminar.  Important Note:  U.S. passports must be valid SIX months beyond the intended stay overseas.  Individuals who do not currently possess a valid passport should apply for one immediately. 

Information on acquiring a passport is available at the U.S. State Department’s Website:  U.S. passport holders do not need special visas for this seminar.  Foreign passport holders may need special visas for travel in England and are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas.

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Contact Information

Please contact the Study Abroad Office
Williston Hall 417
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-0700

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